With so many great locations, Riu Resorts have so much to offer couples who are wanting to plan a destination wedding. From Aruba to Cabo, Riu has stunning resorts on gorgeous beaches, just perfect for wedding groups. Enjoy all the style and perks while being considerate of guest costs. Isn't that what every bride wants? We spent time chatting with some of the Riu wedding planners and asked them to share their insider knowledge with us. Keep reading to hear what they have to say!
What are a few of the most commonly asked questions you get from couples starting the destination wedding planning process?
The most common questions are usually regarding:
Wedding set up pricing
How much will they be spending overall
What is included in the wedding package
What decorations and events are included
Couples want to have the complete picture of their expected expenses. Other questions we are often asked are about wedding locations availability, what happens in case of rain, where are the back-up locations. At RIU Hotels & Resorts, we have different packages that can fit to all kinds of wedding couples and groups, so we can customize everything depending on what the couple desires.
We know that couples today love to customize their wedding experience. What are some of the unique ways you see couples customizing their wedding events?
Couples love to bring their own wedding favors for their guests, things that are meaningful and personal to them. The color theme is very important, and we know brides want to have flowers, fabrics and decorations match perfectly. Many couples plan activities with their wedding guests throughout their stay. They participate in things like excursions or special activities happening around the resort. Everyone has a ton of fun together at our Riu Party or in the Pacha Club!
Are there any trends you’ve been seeing for 2020 weddings?
Our most popular destinations are Jamaica, Los Cabos Mexico, Costa Mujeres Mexico & Aruba. A really popular trend for wedding set up decoration is the Boho Chic style, including a lot of tropical elements such pineapples and green leaf foliage.
Cost is always a factor. Are there certain items couples can omit or change that help keep their budget in check?
The cost is very important for the couples! Some couples have asked guests to take snapshots and candids of the ceremony and the events instead of hiring a photographer for everything. Other ways to save include having semi-private events (instead of private events) and using the natural tropical surroundings as the backdrop instead of investing in additional decor.
Are couples doing legal ceremonies, or symbolic? What do couples need to know to help them decide?
Symbolic is the most requested ceremony. After the couple finds out about all the paperwork needed to have a civil ceremony, and the steps to legalize the wedding certificate in their country, most choose to have a symbolic wedding. A symbolic ceremony is less expensive and less complicated.
What are your most popular ceremony locations?
The most requested wedding ceremony location is the beach, of course! Couples love our amazing Caribbean Sea views and our Pacific sunsets. Some brides choose to have their ceremony on one of our ocean view terraces, which are stunning. Riu proudly has hotels in the best locations! In Los Cabos we are in front of the famous Arch. In Cancun, we have a gorgeous ocean front garden. In Jamaica we have gazebos facing the ocean. Every hotel has stunning locations available to make every wedding truly one in a kind!
Pretty impressive!! Are you dreaming of Aruba now? Or perhaps Cabo? Not sure which location is best? Let us help! Our team of destination wedding experts are here to help you choose the location, resort and wedding date, and organize the entire experience for you and your guests. Ready to start planning?